--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---
Friend: Coons no threat
By Sarah Jordan
Bristol Eastern High School junior recently arrested for alleged threats against
the school is a normal kid and not dangerous, a friend said.
Ryan Bolduc, who described himself as a "pretty good friend" of John
Coons, painted a picture that was less than alarming.
wasn't really going to do anything," Bolduc said.
city police arrested Coons for allegedly conspiring to attack the school. He
allegedly tried to recruit friends to take part in his plan, according to
Bolduc said Coons was just another kid who "played lots of video
games" and "role playing games" where players take on a
character, similar to the Dungeons and Dragons game.
never asked Bolduc to join in any attack on the school, Bolduc said, and
"didnít say anything about it."
other students who knew Coons reported his alleged plans to school officials,
who turned the matter over to police.
police searched Coonsí locker, backpack and home, they found no weapons.
absence of guns didnít surprise Bolduc, who said his friend had no access to
way he'd even be able to get one," Bolduc said.
a popular viewpoint at the school, Bolduc said that administrators and police
made too big a deal about the incident.
whether he thought the school would be able to stop another incident, Bolduc
said, "If they were able to find out about it, yeah."
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